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Star Wars Authors’ Version of The Force Awakens

The “How I Would Have Written The Force Awakens Author Panel” at Dragon Con 2015 was, as the title suggests, about how several Star Wars authors – namely Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Rebecca Moesta, and Kevin J. Anderson (with Paula Rosenberg moderating) – would have written Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To be clear, this wasn’t official in any way; it was simply a group of very experienced writers examining what they would have written, in an off-the-cuff (and sometimes intentionally silly and ridiculously funny) manner.

I was lucky enough to attend the panel and it was, in my opinion, absolutely hilarious! My favorite aspect of this panel was how much fun the authors had with the discussion, how engaged they were, and how they weren’t afraid to be both outlandish and serious at times. It was actually difficult to keep up with their banter sometimes, especially when I was laughing too much to type accurately. (P.S. One of the reasons I love the Star Wars track at Dragon Con is because of how nice the authors are there, and how open and available they are with fans.) Here is the panel, recapped and somewhat abridged.
The authors began with describing how they would open the film.

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Video: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Press Conference

James from Clubjade has video of the Star wars Rebels Season 2 Press conference!

Among the reveals: Dave Filoni said that S2 will have two episodes that explore Hera’s backstory: One that ficuses on her piloting skills, and another having to do with her family. There’s also going to be a new trailer debuting this week that will give us a look at something new regarding Sabine. He also talks about the importance of having a wide range of roles for female characters.

Check it out!


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Topps Star Wars Exclusives are coming to New York Comic Con

Just got word from Topps about some really cool offerings they will have at NYCC!

Topps will be offering 7 oversized card sets in the vintage 1977 look and feel. Each set contains 10 cards featuring one faction from the Star Wars saga. Each set will retail for $20 (tax included) and will be sold exclusively at New York Comic Con. We are doing a pretty limited print run of just 250 per set.

Be sure to follow along at:

The 7 faction sets are:

  • The Rebel Alliance
  • The Galactic Empire
  • The Jedi Council
  • Sith & Separatists
  • The Resistance
  • The First Order
  • Rebels

Check it out!


Welcome SWR’s Newest Podcast: Ion Cannon!

Riley, Mark, and I have known the hosts of Ion Cannon, William Devereux, Stephen Rice, and Tom Christopher, for several years, dating back to before Star Wars Celebration V (where we met William and Stephen). We are very excited to be welcoming them the Star Wars Report family officially along with their podcast Ion Cannon! Check out some pictures of us all hanging out at SWCV and SWCA after the podcast description!

As an introduction to the podcast itself, the Ion Cannon Podcast is a review show, unique to the Star Wars Report as it covers more generally and broadly all types of current Star Wars cannon. (For more in depth reviews of books and non-film material, check out Star Wars Beyond the Films. For more in depth reviews of books and comics, check out Star Wars Bookworms, and for more in depth reviews of Star Wars Rebels, check out The Star Wars Report’s Rebels Roundtable!)

The Ion Cannon Podcast is your source for entertainment reviews from a galaxy far, far away, including books, video games, comics, films, television shows, and more. In each episode, Tom, Stephen, and William analyze a particular film, episode of a television series, novel, comic, or game with an eye on the story and how it relates to the larger Star Wars canon. The format is a casual roundtable discussion, and they frequently bring on guests from the community for an additional perspective.

Ion Cannon started in 2008 as We Talk Clones, a show dedicated to reviewing episodes of The Clone Wars animated series. Before long, they expanded to review other Star Wars television works and the occasional book or video game. In 2014, they rebranded the show to Ion Cannon to signal their focus on the canonical Star Wars story in all its forms. While episodes occasionally include news, event coverage, and interviews, these are typically reserved for special occasions.

Tom, Stephen, and William are well-versed in the Star Wars canon, and they’ve been involved in the Star Wars community for many years. Combined, the award-winning hosts have decades of experience in storytelling, writing, art, video game design, tech, and much more.

Star Wars Celebration V back in 2010!

We waited in line together to see George Lucas!

We waited in line together to see George Lucas!

We recorded a podcast episode together which quickly devolved into silliness!

We recorded a podcast episode together which quickly devolved into silliness!

We had fun hanging out with them at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim earlier this year!


The whole crew!

The whole crew!



If this isn't a picture of fun then I don't know what is.

If this isn’t a picture of fun then I don’t know what is.

William and Mark when they first met.

William and Mark when they first met.

Without further ado, I bid you welcome the newest member of the Star Wars Report family!

Summer ’78

Mashable has J.C. Reifenberg’s new fan film ‘Summer of ’78’ up on its site.  It’s a quick film detailing a fictional story line of a then unknown child playing was his newly released Kenner Star Wars toys in (you guessed it) summer of 1978.  The film features many things that will surely get those of age in that time in a nostalgic coma, as well as some interesting Easter Eggs that  interest younger fans just as much.  Clocking at at only three minutes it’s definitely worth a watch. And be sure to check out The Star Wars Report Podcast‘s interview with Fan-Film-maker J.C. Reifenberg where it talks all about the process, as well as some of the Easter Eggs!